Interview with Danica Winters, author of Hidden Truth

What can you tell us about your new release, Hidden Truth?

Hidden Truth was a work of the heart. My brothers were both in the military and with that came the warrior mentality. This was a way of bringing that world to readers in a different way; namely, through the world of black ops and military contractors.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I always loved to write, but I thought it was an impossible dream. At 18, I was diagnosed with cancer and I had a revelation that I wanted to contribute to the world and help others escape in any way I could. This led to writing for magazines, then short stories, and finally moving into my one true love—romance.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper
Steven Pressfield’s Warrior’s Ethos
Delia Owens Where the Crawdad’s Sing
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series
Tara Westover’s Educated

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

One of my very favorite people in this industry is BJ Daniels. She is truly an inspiration. Once, when I was just starting out, she gave me the best advice any new writer can receive: “No matter what happens, just keep writing.”

This piece of advice changed my world. I didn’t use life, business, illness, kids, or anything else as an excuse. No matter how much I wanted to quit, I kept plugging away.

If I was to ask her anything, I would like to ask her what was her biggest lesson. She has written hundreds of books. I can only imagine what other gems of wisdom she has to bestow.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love to write, picking a single thing I enjoy is like picking a favorite child. This profession isn’t just about writing…being an author is a lifestyle. I go out and study what I choose to write about, I look for nuggets in daily life, I spend hundreds of hours studying psychology and human nature, then comes the creation, proposals, publishers, then the production, marketing, and hanging out with my AMAZING fans. I have a street team that other authors would jones for, seriously…they are the freaking coolest.

What is a typical day like for you?

I wake up, have a cup of coffee and then I get to work. I own Self-Publishing Services, so I have “a day job” of sorts…though it is all interconnected with my writing. Lately, I’ve also been working on a really cool event, a conference for writers, actors, and the public all about Special Operations (think military contractors and alphabet soup agencies).

Once I do my daily business, I then sit down and write between 1-3k words. Or, I work on marketing, reaching out to fans, or creating new ideas. Seriously, there is never a dull moment in my world, but I am so passionate about my books.

What scene in Hidden Truth was your favorite to write?

I love the prologue. I can’t tell you a whole lot, but it set up the entire series. Hidden Truth is the first book in the four-book STEALTH Series, but I just signed with Harlequin for six more in a continuing series called the STEALTH Surveillance Series. So, most of the characters will have cameos!

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

I have two:
Under promise, over deliver. This applies to everything. I want to blow people’s minds when the read my books, meet me, or work with me. I love to surprise!

And always keep the story moving forward. Again, applies to everything. Going back to BJ’s advice, even when life rears its ugly head, I think about this…And I keep on moving. This resilience is something you will always see in my characters and hopefully as readers finish my books, it is a feeling they can bring into their own lives.

Danica Winters is the author of the new book Hidden Truth.

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The Story Behind Frosted Croakies by Sam Cheever

By Sam Cheever

Hello, Everybody! I’m so pleased to be sharing my brand-new book, Frosted Croakies with you today.

This is Book 5 in my Enchanting Inquiries paranormal cozy mystery series. I’ve dubbed this story, Christmas at Croakies, which, if you know anything about the world of Enchanting Inquiries is appropriate for this fast-paced paranormal romp.

The story begins when our heroine decides to have a Christmas party for customers and friends at Croakies, her enchanted bookstore. Unfortunately, the mix of supernormals and humans soon fall prey to a magical trickster who puts them all under a You’re me but who am I? spell to cover the attempted robbery of the magical artifacts locked in the back room.

I came up with the idea of an identity-switching spell because I thought it would be an interesting twist for the reader in solving the mystery. How do you solve a mystery when you’re too busy dealing with having your essence dropped into a frog? How do you figure out who the guilty party is when you’re trying to keep a room full of people safe from a sweet old lady who’s been turned into a dragon and doesn’t know her flame-throwing breath from her flailing wings? Or from a giant turned into a gargoyle? A witch changed to a foul-mouthed parrot who’s been magically bleeped?

Yeah, it’s twisted, it’s chaotic, and it’s tons of paranormal Christmas fun. There’s even a great Christmas message about the spirit of the season and the magic of love and friendship.

This story embodies my outlook on this special time of year. Whatever challenges we face, whatever disappointments arise, in the end it’s all about working together, sharing our love and affection, and embracing the magic of the season to spread its joy.

Here’s wishing you and yours a season filled with love, magic and a gentle peace that overcomes every challenge you find along the way.

Merry Christmas!

Sam Cheever is the author of the new book Frosted Croakies.

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | December 3

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Phillipa Nefri Clark, Sam Cheever, Leff Lindsay, Nalini Singh, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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New Romance Books to Read | December 3

Looking to fall in love with some new romance reads? You’ll adore these exciting new novels! This week you can get your hands on books by bestselling authors Danica Winters, Annabelle Anders, Krissy Daniels, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!



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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | December 3

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Virginia Kantra, Jeff Vandermeer, David Rawlings, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | December 3

Set off on an adventure to new worlds this week! This selection of new science fiction and fantasy books will surely please! Science Fiction fans should be excited about the latest from bestselling authors Austin Dragon, George R.R. Martin, Richard Baker, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Amy Hopkins, Brian McClellan, C.J. Archer, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Young Adult Books to Read | December 3

Are you an avid reader of Young Adult books? This week you are in luck! With all of these new novels, you’re bound to find a new favorite book to add to your reading list. This week includes new novels from bestselling authors Tomi Adeyemi, Ryan La Sala, Mila Gray, Lyra Selene, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



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New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | December 3

Looking for some new biography and memoir books for your library? There are so many new releases this week that you’re bound to find a new favorite. You can pick up new books from Becky Powell, Dudley Delffs, Cristen Hemingway Jaynes , and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!



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